We have so much to be thankful about from the moment we wake up we should be filled with gratitude. Reem Acra reminded us of this during New York Bridal Fashion Week this past season. After last season’s collection I didn’t think she could top that show but what do I know?
Reem Acra collaborated with another creative artist– Preston Bailey, one of the industries biggest names in the wedding and event planning industry.
The element of surprise and a brilliant collaboration was with legendary designer Joseph Abboud who is traditionally known to dress some of Hollywood’s stars, and public figures. How fitting to incorporate looks for grooms during the show. Brilliant.
The setting was perfect– this was more than a show– it was a wedding less the ceremony. The children that graced the aisle wearing Reem Acra dress warmed our heart. The music lifted our spirits. We were excited at this unveiling.
“Thank you, God you have given me more than I deserve. You have given me more than beauty, you have given me the power to make beauty. Thank you.” – Reem Acra, 1979
As a teenager, Reem Acra wrote this message to God in her Bible. Forty years later, she is reminded of this very quote. This message represents not only her intuition but the visualization of her own future. Described by those close to her as “floating in another world,” Reem has remained true to her dream.
The Great Give Back
The success of both these iconic designers as individuals has long been celebrated in the industry around the globe. The collaboration was far more than simply to show another collection– it was to celebrate the love of their heritage, culture and those less fortunate than them– the children of Lebanon. Both of these Lebanonese designers show their gratitude to the beautiful children of Lebanon and will be making a donation from the blessings they have garnered over the years from their successful career.
The Power of Giving Back
‘Tamanna Lebanon’ is a non-profit organization that grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Tamanna, meaning ‘wish’ in Arabic, supports children residing in Lebanon and surrounding countries between the ages of 3 and 18 years of age, regardless of their nationality, religion, or socio-economic background. Since its establishment in 2005, Tamanna has granted over 1700 wishes. While committed to spreading joy and hope to these children in need, it ensures that every dollar donated is put towards making their wishes come true. The six one-of-a-kind flower girl dresses were designed especially for this collection. They will be donated to Tamanna for auction, in an effort to support and increase awareness for this impactful organization.
This is why we at World Bride Magazine invite you to shop responsibly with those who are appreciative of your business and building a positive community globally. Happy shopping.
From your crown to your veil– make a statement.
Photos by Hannah Soule Powderly @dontquityourdayjobproductions.
Over the past several years, Myrdith Leon-McCormack has evolved from one of the nation’s most successful Celebrity Manicurist, represented by Factory Downtown, to one of the most sought after branding experts with her firm MLM Represents as well as a Huffington Post blogger.
Leon-McCormack, founder of MLM Represents, oversees all practice areas and is involved in providing strategic direction to select clients. Her particular area of expertise is advising clients on how to best leverage their brand as an asset to serve as a powerful leadership tool and drive their business performance.
Leon-McCormack’s innovative strategies to connect consumers more effectively by associating them with the world’s most influential celebrities, musicians, arts, film and personalities has been part of her incredible success to collaborating with some of the industry’s most influential people in the world of the arts, music, and film. MLM Represents client list includes: Isaiah Washington, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lois Samuels–the Vessel, and Justin Davis. Her new business has afforded her the opportunity to travel the world to wonderful destinations such as Egypt, Qatar, Dubai, London, France, Ireland, to name a few.
Leon-McCormack’s creative vision and strong knowledge of the entertainment and arts has created yet another venture with the weekly radio show, “Keep It Moving” with Marsha Jews on WEAA 88.9 FM, a national public radio station, as Executive Entertainment Producer.
As the Editorial Director of World Bride Magazine (WBM), she drives the magazine into the 21st century, where visions of people of color are seen in a more positive and progressive direction.